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STONING THE THREE PILLARS

Stoning the three pillars –the sughra, the wusta, and the ‘uqbah– is the last of the obligatory rituals of hajj.
It is worth mentioning that the distance between the Sughra and the Wusta Pillars is 150 meters while between the Wusta and the ‘Uqbah Pillars it is 275 meters.

 


 

RULES OF STONING THE PILLARS

1. Niyyat: the intention with sincerity and for sake of seeking the pleasure of Almighty Allah which may be said as follows: “I am stoning the First (i.e., Sughra) Pillar for hajj at-tamattu‘ to seek nearness of Almighty Allah.”
The niyyat for the second and the third pillars can also be done in the same way. As mentioned earlier, the niyyat need not be done in verbal form. The pilgrim should do the stoning in order: the Sughra Pillar, then the Wusta Pillar, and then the ‘Uqbah pillar.

2. The pilgrim should stone the pillars with seven pebbles each with the conditions mentioned earlier regarding the stoning of the ‘Uqbah Pillar on the day of ‘Idd.

3. If one fears considerable harm in doing the stoning by himself in its required time, then he is allowed to appoint someone else to do the stoning on his behalf. The decision depends totally on one’s conscience.

4. While stoning the ‘Uqbah Pillar, it is recommended to face towards the Pillar with one’s back towards the qiblah; and while stoning the other two Pillars, it is recommended to face towards the qiblah.
Once the pilgrim completes these rituals, his hajj comes to end and he returns home, insha Allah, just like a new born who is free from sins. Congratulations to him.

 


 

COMMON MISTAKES IN STONING THE PILLARS

1. I have already mentioned that the elderly, sick, women, and weak ones who cannot stone the ‘Uqbah Pillar because of over-crowding on the ‘Idd Day are allowed to stone on the eve of ‘Idd instead of the day.
These same people or those who are their care-takers assume that they can also do the same for the stoning required on 11th and 12th of Dhul Hijja, and so they do the stoning in the eve of 11th and 12th. This is incorrect. If they cannot do the stoning themselves at the daytime on the 11th and 12th, then they should appoint someone else to do the stoning on their behalf.

2. The crowd overflows at the pillars especially after the midday time. Therefore, the respected pilgrims, especially those who are elderly, weak, sick and women are advised not to go for stoning at times when the crowd is at the maximum; they should wait for the time when the crowd is thinnest like the early mornings. If they are able to do the stoning themselves, well and good. However, if they are fear that they will be hurt or face unbearable difficulty, then they are allowed to appoint someone else to do the stoning on their behalf. Nonetheless, if it becomes possible for them to do the stoning by themselves before the sunset, then they must do the stoning themselves.